WSU makes strong impression on JUCO DT

DAVID MAHONEY, a junior college DT prospect with upwards of 15 offers out of Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., went on a fact-finding mission this weekend during his official visit to Washington State. He came away with answers to all of his questions and then some, saying post-visit that Wazzu is "definitely" a place he can see himself cracking helmets the next few years.

Mahoney (6-2, 285, 4.9) gave his crimson experience this weekend two enthusiastic thumbs up.

"I still want to take my other visits and make sure I see everything but I really liked (WSU). I have an outlook on the team now, I really enjoyed it and it's somewhere I can definitely see myself going," said Mahoney.

Mahoney said he was struck by the Cougar players' attitudes and commitment to winning.

"It was a good visit, I learned a lot of things about the school, coaches and was really enlightening," said Mahoney. "I was surprised with the facilities they had, and the camaraderie they had as a team.

"They do everything together. And they are really pumped about next year."

MAHONEY SAID HE had a number of good conversations with the WSU coaching staff.

"They said if I work hard, I can start. They need a d-tackle/d-end, they need more sacks and more pressure. And they have a young group so they are looking for me to come in and play and also be a role model to the younger guys," said Mahoney.

Mahoney has another trip scheduled for Texas Tech but the date has yet to be set in stone.

"I believe I'll talk to the coach tomorrow on that, the date and the itinerary," said Mahoney.

Mahoney this season at Pierce posted 35 tackles, eight sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss while playing at various positions on the defensive line. He said he still has a shot to graduate with his AA in time to be a mid-year transfer but that it could also end up he completes his academic requirements in May.

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